Social Processes in the Swedish Housing Market – Inclusion and Exclusion

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2014
End date: 31/12/2016
Funding: 4530000 SEK


During the West's current economic crisis, homelessness, foreclosures and evictions have increased in many countries. In Sweden, however, evictions have decreased to the lowest level in history. The causes of this are unknown. It could be that the group under risk for evictions has decreased while secondary housing and homelessness have increased, or that the eviction preventive work has become more efficient. However, research on the dynamics of housing marginalization is too limited to provide explanations. Until now, most research on evictions and more generally on social marginalization in the housing market has mainly been cross-sectional and limited to specific geographical regions. Although this research has provided important descriptions of life conditions of the socially disadvantaged, there is a lack of research probing into the process of housing marginalization and how it relates to other exclusion processes.This project covers all of Sweden and assumes a longitudinal perspective. The purpose is to describe and analyze the dynamics at the housing market's margins, and relate them to other indicators on social marginalization. What factors are connected to weakened and strengthened position in the housing market? The project has access to unique data made available by The Swedish Enforcement Authority. Data contain information on the judicial and executive steps that ultimately may lead to an eviction, for the period 2008-2012. In all, almost 100,000 households are affected. Data will be coupled with register data on e.g., housing, economy, morbidity and mortality. Thereby, the project can study the actual course of events of a housing-social crisis, and its short and long term consequences. This approach also makes it possible to study the social situation of both adults and children. The project will break new ground and add to the knowledge about problems that cause huge individual suffering and entail great costs for society.

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